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Old 02-08-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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I applied for a job working as a carpenters helper, it is a larger company and the description included driving company vehicles, someone who wants to learn, e.t.c. Not just a rink-dink backyard GC.

The secretary called me and said the owner wanted to see me in the office for an interview and to bring.my resume. Im wondering how to dress to land the job. I discovered through her this is actually a building firm that im applying to.

I was thinking dress pants and maybe a dress shirt, but now im having second thoughts...is that way too white collar? Maybe some slacks and a collared shirt would be better, with some nicer shoes. Im stumped on this.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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Better to over dress than under dress.

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Tricky one. If you dress too much like a suit, they will think you are more of a wanna be boss. If you dress like we actually do every day they may think you didn't put forth enough effort to look good for the interview.

Here's a thought. Look up their website and if there are pictures of the staff that might give you an idea and then clean up just a little more.

If in doubt, a clean pair of work (not new) jeans, a polo type of work shirt (newer) and work boots in good shape.

I would check their website first though to get an idea about how they roll.

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if you were applying for a sales or project management position for the company then dressing up would be the way. but since your applying for a carpenters helper/labour job id say a clean pair of jeans, golf shirt and work boots that are fairly new looking, no toes worn out etc.. you want to look the part of the job
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Do not wear new boots! That says I'm a rookie!

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I like Ron's advice. Keep it clean. Maybe a pair of nice cargo pants and a everyday button up or polo. And, yeah, clean boots, not new boots.
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I've always heard the adage to dress for the job you want... that being said I personally would wear a suit and tie.

Or now that I think about it, at least a long sleeved dress shirt, tie, nice slacks, and nice shoes. Make sure the belt matches the shoes, no black shoes and brown belt.

I wore what I described above in my interview with the carpenter's union and I think it made an impression. I also got a compliment on my tie which goes to show that they noticed I tried.

I understand you're going for a blue collar job but dressing up shows that you understand the lines between what's appropriate and what's not.

It night seem like overkill, but going above and beyond in your dressing will maybe convey that you'll go above and beyond in your job.
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Call the secretary and ask if you will be doing anything more than sitting in an office and talking. Drive by the office and observe what the people going in and out are wearing.
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call secretary and ask her what is appropriate attire for the interview.
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Go for the safe approach.

In the east, a checked/striped shirt (ala L.L.Bean), long sleeve in the winter and short in the summer and clean, neat Khaki pants are always acceptable and do not challenge anyone and will fit in for an interview in a construction firm.

Ties are not always a badge, especially for a carpenters helper and the same goes for a white shirt, although I wore them for years. Be yourself and tell them that you can adjust to the situation.
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Speedo and a 1980's 'Frankie says Relax' t-shirt

Seriously though clean jeans or blue work pants and a clean plain shirt
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On a job site be ready to go to work now.

An in office interview...just remember first impresions.

You want to be the guy that gets remembered a cut above everyone else.

All the guys above gave good info (well except for Chris)

An in office interview, with the owner...

Wear a sports jacket & tie. You won't regret it.
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Call the secretary and ask her what she is wearing




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I've always heard the adage to dress for the job you want... that being said I personally would wear a suit and tie.

Or now that I think about it, at least a long sleeved dress shirt, tie, nice slacks, and nice shoes. Make sure the belt matches the shoes, no black shoes and brown belt.

I wore what I described above in my interview with the carpenter's union and I think it made an impression. I also got a compliment on my tie which goes to show that they noticed I tried.

I understand you're going for a blue collar job but dressing up shows that you understand the lines between what's appropriate and what's not.

It night seem like overkill, but going above and beyond in your dressing will maybe convey that you'll go above and beyond in your job.
This would put you on the bottom of the stack for me. When you come into a working shop dressed like that, it looks like you think you are better than the guys who are doing the work. Clean jeans, polo and clean shoes or boots and you're golden. Wash your truck or rig as that goes a long way as well.
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Good advise on the board. Another tidbit, Don't arrive too early, 5-10 min before the scheduled appointment.
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If you go dressed like Elvis, the jobs yours
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Good advise on the board. Another tidbit, Don't arrive too early, 5-10 min before the scheduled appointment.
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